Elizabeth Stivison is a careers columnist for ASBMB Today who writes about academic careers. She recently earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University studying mechanisms of DNA repair. She loves biology research and enjoys writing about new discoveries, as well as the different career paths people take. Her favorite parts of writing about science are diving into new topics outside her field of expertise and getting to know the amazing people behind the work. Everyone has their own story and their own thoughts about their work and their job, and having the privilege to interview people, learn about them, and share their insights with others brings Stivison so much joy. In her free time, she enjoys writing music, playing the guitar and drums, and taking her crazy dog Milo to the park.
Articles by Elizabeth Stivison
Oct. 16, 2021
Oct. 16 is World Food Day, to commemorate the 1945 founding of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, whose slogan is, “Let There Be Bread.” But that’s not so great for everyone.
Aug. 13, 2021
Our academic careers columnist completes a two-part series on the stuff grad students need to know but are rarely told.
July 30, 2021
Our academic careers columnist begins a two-part series on unspoken rules and other things students need to know but are rarely told about grad school.
April 22, 2021
The genes in human mtDNA encode some essential components of the electron transport chain, as well as a set of tRNAs and ribosomal RNAs necessary for protein synthesis.
Life in the Lab
April 9, 2021
Our academic careers columnist offers tips and low- and high-tech tools to help you overcome sticking points in your projects.
Nov. 6, 2020
Cold emailing, or sending an email to someone you don’t know, can be a little stressful, but now that face-to-face meetings are limited, it's a crucial skill.
Aug. 14, 2020
These are grants that can fund your training and set you up for a career as an independent, tenure-track investigator.
June 17, 2020
Careers columnist Elizabeth Stivison completes a two-part series for principal investigators who want to make their labs more inclusive to neurodiverse members.
May 22, 2020
Careers columnist Elizabeth Stivison begins a two-part series for principal investigators who want to make their labs more inclusive to neurodiverse members.
May 1, 2020
Careers columnist Elizabeth Stivison interviewed Theresa Swayne, the manager of the confocal and specialized microscopy core facility at Columbia University, to learn about her job.
Feb. 7, 2020
Our careers columnist investigated all the academic job titles she could find to understand what the options are for people looking to participate in research and teaching at colleges and universities.
Nov. 8, 2019
Sometimes people think of a technician position as one you might take for a few years after college, and that can be the case for some people. However, senior technicians and lab managers can play important long-term roles in labs.
Oct. 1, 2019
What’s the role of ECM proteins in heart regeneration? How can an acid be converted to boost biofuel production? How does the “many ceramides” hypothesis lead to new tools for studying sphingolipid metabolism? Read about these questions and more.
April 1, 2019
The work of Brian Kuhlman can be described broadly as using computers and computational biology to model protein interactions. He uses the molecular modeling software Rosetta for protein interface design, antibody assembly and engineering photoactiv…
Jan. 1, 2019
Investigative and medical sciences major Victoria Mak balances a full load of classes and a boatload of extracurricular activities at St. Louis University.